The Core Team

Professor John Fisher

CBE, Academic Director

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Professor Fisher is Academic Director of the Medical Technologies IKC.

He is a leading researcher in Medical Engineering and is the former Director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Research interests include joint replacement and substitution, tissue re-engineering and functional spinal interventions. Professor Fisher is also director of Tissue Regenix, a company which specialises in the development of regenerative medical devices.

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Dr Jo Dixon-Hardy

Director of Medical Technology Innovation

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Dr Dixon-Hardy is an experienced programme manager and project director with an extensive background in scientific research and teaching.

She is Director of Medical Technologies Innovation at the University of Leeds, Operations Director for the Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Deputy Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices.  She was Director of Operations for  the WELMEC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering 2009-15 and continues to manage the continuation of the activity through the Medical Engineering Initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust.  Jo is also a qualified Business and Executive Coach and contributes significantly to the development and delivery of initiatives which help early career researchers in medical technologies realise their potential.

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Dr Mike Raxworthy

Regener8 Director of Operations

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Dr Raxworthy heads Regener8’s executive management group. A biomedical scientist, he has more than 25 years’ experience in leading research and development projects in the medical technology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

In 2007, he founded Neotherix, a regenerative medicine company which was spun out from Smith & Nephew and he continues to serve as its CEO. At a regional level, he is deputy chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Medilink Life Science Business to Business Working Group.

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Dr Graeme Howling

Technology Innovation Manager

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Dr Howling is responsible for managing the Medical Technologies Technology Pool, a live record of exciting research breakthroughs – and for identifying new opportunities that could be developed into Proof of Concept projects.

A cell biologist, formerly working with Smith & Nephew, Dr Howling has a good understanding of the medical devices industry and its challenges, as well as a sound background in scientific project management and innovation.

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Rowan Grant

National Outreach Manager

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As National Outreach Manager at the Medical Technologies IKC, Rowan is responsible for the management and coordination of the partner engagement activities delivered by Centre to its commercial, clinical and academic partners in the UK and across the globe.

Her responsibilities include creating and implementing the marketing and communications strategy, including developing and maintaining the Centre’s digital presence, scoping and coordinating events, writing case studies, news, press releases and all other aspects of communications from the IKC.

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Nick Chester

Reporting Officer in Medical Technologies

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I am responsible for information management and reporting requirements across the Medical Technologies portfolio: the IKC, Translate and MeDe Innovation.

By maintaining and querying our bespoke MS Access database, we can measure the progress of individual projects and programmes, and success across the entire portfolio. This information is submitted to our funders.

I support technology innovation managers in developing innovative ways of managing information, with particular emphasis on shared working and collaboration in multi-partner programmes.

I am also the departmental lead for data protection and governance.

Career history

My background is in museum collections documentation. I have worked with varied collections at a number of internationally-renowned organisations, such as the V&A, the Geffrye Museum and the Crafts Council. I developed and implemented collection databases and helped to bring the organisations’ documentation practices in line with national standards. Ultimately, this widened public access to information about their collections.

Qualifications and memberships

I have a BA in History from the University of Leeds (2009) and a Masters in Museum Studies from Newcastle University (2010).

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Dr Andrew Aldridge

Technology Innovation and IP Development Manager

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Andrew is responsible for supporting and accelerating the translation and development of new medical technologies with a strategic focus on the emerging regenerative device sector.

Andrew is involved in identifying and supporting academic project leaders to maximise promising medical technology opportunities, and managing and progressing projects which show sufficient commercial promise to development with commercial, clinical and other partners. In addition to this I coordinate the Medical Technologies IP portfolio, including the identification, assessment and protection of IP.

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